Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

June 14, 2009 19:56 ET

Statement by the Minister of National Defence on the Death of Corporal Martin Dubé

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 14, 2009) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, issued the following statement today on the death of a Canadian soldier in Afghanistan:

"It is with profound sorrow that I learned of the death of Corporal Martin Dubé, today in Afghanistan. Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones as they deal with this tragic loss. I also want to offer my sympathies to the friends and family of the Afghan police officer who was killed and a quick recovery to the Afghan interpreter injured in this incident.

Our UN-sanctioned, NATO-led mission in Afghanistan remains a challenging one. The mission poses many risks to the members of the Canadian Forces, but the Government of Canada and its international allies are committed to helping the people of Afghanistan rebuild their country. Canadians know their brave men and women in uniform are resilient and continue to make a difference in a very challenging environment.

All Canadians will remain eternally grateful for the sacrifices made by Cpl. Dubé. He will not be forgotten."

Killed in action was Corporal Martin Dubé from the 5e Regiment de genie de combat based at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier near Quebec City.

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